The Gift of Landscape – Armenia

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  • Tour duration 8 days
  • Armenia
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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By choosing the Gentle Hike to Armenia you will visit the most hidden corners of this beautiful country, walking the endless paths of high mountains and lush forests.

Via the longest cable car in the world you will enjoy breathtaking views over the Vorotan Gorge!

We cross the “Swinging Bridge” of Khndzoresk and hang from the gorge that connects the old village with the new one. On a hike up to the hidden waterfall you will see Armenia’s little “Switzerland”: Dilijan!

During the walk over the Azat we see the ruins of a medieval monastery called Havuts Tar, situated on top of a barren hill.

…and much more to wonder at!

Locations you will visit

  • Yerevan
  • Garni
  • Geghard
  • Havouts Tar
  • Lake Sevan
  • Dilijan
  • Noratous
  • Selim
  • Yeghegnadzor
  • Tatev
  • Goris
  • Khndzoresk
  • Jermuk
  • Areni


  • TWIN/DBL room accommodation in 3* hotels
  • Half board: breakfast & 6x lunches
  • Accompanying professional English speaking walking guide
  • Transport (depends on the number of travellers) and driver services
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, listed in the program
  • Wine tasting

Not included

  • International air tickets
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Surcharge for special requests on meals and services
  • Surcharge for public holidays
  • Insurances
  • Tips (always optional, always appreciated)
  • Visas (if applicable) & any other administrative costs
  • Fees for video and photo shooting
  • Entrance fees, transport service, permits and guide service during free time

Your itinerary – in brief:

Day 1: Arrival Yerevan
Day 2: Yerevan
Day 3: Yerevan – Dilijan
Day 4: Dilijan – Yeghegnadzor
Day 5: Yeghegnadzor – Goris
Day 6: Goris – – Khndzoresk – Jermuk
Day 7: Jermuk – Yerevan
Day 8: Yerevan – Departure


Day 1Arrival Yerevan

Arrival at Zvartnots International Airport. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable: City tour Yerevan:
• Victory Park & Mother Armenia Statue
• Cascade
• Opera house
• Republic Square
• Visit to “Matenadaran” with the world’s largest collection of Armenian
Lunch in the local restaurant
• Genocide Museum
• Memorial complex of Tsitsernakaberd
• Brandy Factory where you can see the production stages and enjoy the Armenian

Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 3Yerevan - Dilijan

Breakfast at the hotel.

• Departure to Garni village, famous for its Hellenistic pagan temple.
• After visiting the temple, we go down to the Azat River Gorge.
• Walk along the Azat to the ruins of a medieval monastery Havuts Tar
• Drive to the Geghardklooster (IV – UNESCO) carved out of a cave and contains a
number of churches and graves.
• A beautiful drive along the pearl of Armenia, Lake Sevan
• Transfer to Dilijan

Details of the walk: 7km

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4Dilijan - Yeghegnadzor

Breakfast at the hotel.

• Drive to the Haghartsin monastery (XIII) consisting of: three churches, two gavits
(sacristy), a refectory, a group of chapels and some khachkars (cross stones).
• Moderate walk (2 hours) to the “hidden waterfall”
• Possibility to swim in a natural immersion pool under the waterfall
Lunch on the way
• We continue on the road to the Noratous village famous for its ancient cemetery.
• Then we will head for the Selim Caravanserai, a unique architectural monument
of medieval Armenia.
• Transfer to Yeghegnadzor

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5Yeghegnadzor - Goris

Breakfast at the hotel.

• Drive to Halidzor village where you take the longest cable car in the world.
• During the ride you will enjoy a breathtaking view over the Vorotan Gorge.
• Tatev monastery complex (IX-XIII) at the summit, one of the first universities in
medieval Europe
• After a visit to the monastery we will walk 6 km through the forested, winding
path of the Vorotan gorge.
• The next on the route is the so-called Devil’s Bridge, located across the Vorotan
• Drive back to Goris for an evening tour of the city

Details of the hike: 6 km

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6Goris - - Khndzoresk - Jermuk

Breakfast at the hotel.

• Departure to Khndzoresk, situated on the steep slope of a gorge and consisting
of both natural and man-made caves, which were inhabited until the 1950s.
• The walk ends with the crossing of the “Swinging Bridge” which hangs from the
gorge and connects the old with the new village.
• Ride to Zorats Karer, the Armenian “Stonehenge”
• Further to the Shaki waterfall
• Transfer to Jermuk

During the day break for lunch.

Details of the walk: 3 km

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7Jermuk - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel.

• 1.5 hour walk to the Jermuk waterfall and a gallery with mineral water
• We continue our way to the Noravank Monastery (XIII), an architectural gem
situated between red brick cliffs, just above a deep gorge
Lunch in a local restaurant or the cave in Areni
• Next stop is the village of Areni, famous for its variety of wines
• Wine tasting in the wine factory
• Bird Cave (Areni 1): Interesting excursion into the old cave with an exciting and
mysterious past
• Visit to the Khor Virapklooster (IV) at the foot of Mount Ararat
• Transfer to Yerevan

Details of the hike: 2.5 km

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8Yerevan - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure. The local partner will take you to the airport.

Armenia, officially the Republic of Armenia, is a country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located in Western Asia on the Armenian Highlands, it is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Republic of Artsakh and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and Azerbaijan's exclave of Nakhchivan to the south. Armenia is a unitary, multi-party, democratic nation-state with an ancient cultural heritage. Urartu was established in 860 BC and by the 6th century BC it was replaced by the Satrapy of Armenia. The Kingdom of Armenia reached its height under Tigranes the Great in the 1st century BC and became the first state in the world to adopt Christianity as its official religion in the late 3rd or early 4th century AD. The official date of state adoption of Christianity is 301. By the 19th century, Eastern Armenia had been conquered by the Russian Empire, while most of the western parts of the traditional Armenian homeland remained under Ottoman rule. During World War I, Armenians living in their ancestral lands in the Ottoman Empire were systematically exterminated in the Armenian Genocide. In 1918, following the Russian Revolution, all non-Russian countries declared their independence after the Russian Empire ceased to exist, leading to the establishment of the First Republic of Armenia. By 1920, the state was incorporated into the Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic, and in 1922 became a founding member of the Soviet Union. In 1936, the Transcaucasian state was dissolved, transforming its constituent states, including the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, into full Union republics. The modern Republic of Armenia became independent in 1991 during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Armenia is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, the Council of Europe and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Armenia supports the de facto independent Artsakh, which was proclaimed in 1991. Armenia has a population of 2,924,816 (2016 est.) and is the third most densely populated of the former Soviet republics. There has been a problem of population decline due to elevated levels of emigration after the break-up of the USSR. In the past years emigration levels have declined and some population growth is observed since 2012. Armenia has a relatively large external diaspora (8 million by some estimates, greatly exceeding the 3 million population of Armenia itself), with communities existing across the globe. The largest Armenian communities outside of Armenia can be found in Russia, France, Iran, the United States, Georgia, Syria, Lebanon, Australia, Canada, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Poland, Ukraine and Brazil. 40,000 to 70,000 Armenians still live in Turkey (mostly in and around Istanbul). About 1,000 Armenians reside in the Armenian Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, a remnant of a once-larger community. Italy is home to the San Lazzaro degli Armeni, an island located in the Venetian Lagoon, which is completely occupied by a monastery run by the Mechitarists, an Armenian Catholic congregation. Approximately 139,000 Armenians live in the de facto independent country Republic of Artsakh where they form a majority. Ethnic Armenians make up 98.1% of the population. Yazidis make up 1.2%, and Russians 0.4%. Other minorities include Assyrians, Ukrainians, Greeks (usually called Caucasus Greeks), Kurds, Georgians, Belarusians, and Jews. There are also smaller communities of Vlachs, Mordvins, Ossetians, Udis, and Tats. Minorities of Poles and Caucasus Germans also exist though they are heavily Russified. As of 2016, there are an estimated 35,000 Yazidis in Armenia. Armenian is the only official language. The main foreign languages that Armenians know are Russian and English. Due to its Soviet past, most of the old population can speak Russian quite well. According to a 2013 survey, 95% of Armenians said they had some knowledge of Russian (24% advanced, 59% intermediate) compared to 40% who said they knew some English (4% advanced, 16% intermediate and 20% beginner). However, more adults (50%) think that English should be taught in public secondary schools than those who prefer Russian (44%).
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